I came across an article today that highlights a slow-moving revolution in conventional allopathic medicine, a movement toward “Lifestyle Medicine.” At AHS, we practice lifestyle medicine in our Hayward clinic with Dr. Chen’s produce prescriptions and the wonderful nutrition education in our state of the art demo kitchen. The weekly farmers’ market helps patients put those prescriptions into action just by walking outside and grabbing some fresh fruits and veggies on the way to the car. We’ve also partnered informally with Open Source Wellness, a community movement to improve access and education on healthy lifestyle for anyone of any socioeconomic status looking to make a positive change to their lives and health status.
In case you’re not familiar with the term:
“Lifestyle Medicine involves the therapeutic use of lifestyle, such as a predominately whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, stress management, tobacco and alcohol cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, more importantly, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.”
— American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness
Our wellness program at AHS has been in the business of promoting healthy lifestyle as a means both of prevention and human flourishing since our inception in 2011. We strive to incorporate a supportive environment for behavior change by promoting our wellness coaching services through our EAP, working with local coaches and holistic health practitioners, and promoting physical activity through fitness challenges and onsite classes, lunch time walks, and support from partner gyms in the area.
Seeing an article that highlights the important role of lifestyle management and the use of wellness coaching within the traditional medical model is quite heartening for the growing field of wellness.